Mike Wood

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Mike Wood is a middle school teacher by day, husband/father by night, and author by accident. His first novel, Alchemy, was mostly written while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon (which is a cool injury when it happens on a football field, but not so cool when it occurs while dancing at an outdoor concert!) That injury, and a somewhat serendipitous meeting with best-selling author AJ Jacobs, inspired him to start pursuing his secret dream of being a writer. After many rejections from agents and publishers, he finally found someone foolish enough to publish his books…himself!

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Mike Wood My whole LIFE is writer's block, so I deal with it by doing what I enjoy: hanging with the family, riding my bike, reading, hiking...and then, in…moreMy whole LIFE is writer's block, so I deal with it by doing what I enjoy: hanging with the family, riding my bike, reading, hiking...and then, in those few periods where I have something to write, I write it. Of course, if there were deadlines and editors/agents breathing down my neck, that would be a different story, but "luckily" I get to write on my own terms(less)
Mike Wood The best thing about being a writer is being read. I used to think it was getting published, but publishing does not ensure that anyone will read it.…moreThe best thing about being a writer is being read. I used to think it was getting published, but publishing does not ensure that anyone will read it. Meeting, or hearing from, someone who read my book/column/story etc. is very rewarding...especially if they liked it!(less)
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Alchemy

3.58 avg rating — 272 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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The French Connection



I can’t believe I have to do this again, so soon after another beloved family member was taken too soon. Worse, when Mike Connors passed away, he did so knowing how much he was loved and appreciated, but I’m not sure if Steve French ever got that same feeling  As much as he hated it, much of Steve’s life was dependent on others, and I fear he died feeling more like a burden than a benefit.  An... Read more of this blog post »
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I love Carl Hiaasen, but have been limiting myself to one book a summer for the past 12 years or so, and all I can say is I'm glad I didn't read them chronologically, as his first would have been MY last. The colorful characters, cartoon violence, an ...more
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Well done. I'm not reading these in any articular order, so it's fun when already familiar characters, like Rachel Walling, show up for the first time, and actually added an intriguing element, knowing what I already know. As for the actual story, th ...more
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Much more Stephanie Plum than the Bones TV show, but entertaining enough. Not sure how to classify it, as it was not quite a procedural, and not really a mystery...crime dramedy, maybe? Either way, I'll probably stick with the series
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Slight little thing, more of an essay than a novel. I downloaded the audio version so I could hear Carrie Fisher's voice, and don't pay attention to things like hours left, so was surprised when suddenly I heard "epilogue" - I thought the track had s ...more
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A blatant, almost proudly so, "The Girl on the Train" coat tail rider, from the title to the drunk protagonist to the questioning of reality, it hits all the same note. And like the original, it works...to a point. But when the main character literal ...more
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A group for people who have read the coming of age novel, Alchemy, and are interested in sharing connections, asking questions, or just reminiscing ab ...more
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A place for my students to share, rate, and discuss their reading



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